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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 29: A star-studded clean energy collective; green private equity?

The week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Facebook and Microsoft back a new clean energy buyers' group and private equity firms Carlyle Group and KKR talk sustainability.

Welcome back to GreenBiz 350 — the weekly podcast covering all things sustainable business.

Up this week: A new Facebook-backed clean energy buyers group, 3M and J&J give green products a boost, private equity wades into sustainability, and where to from here on carbon pricing?

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GreenBiz week in review

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Introducing the Renewable Energy Buyers Association

Facebook, Microsoft, BSR, the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute are just some of the major players backing a new group designed to bolster commercial clean energy: the Renewable Energy Buyers Association, or REBA.

As Senior Writer Heather Clancy reports in the story "Facebook, Microsoft: We want more clean power!" the launch also comes on the heels of related efforts, like RMI's Business Renewables Center and the World Wildlife Fund's Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles.

3M, Johnson & Johnson and the evolution of green products

Green products aren't a new concept. What is changing is the way big companies are truly integrating sustainability criteria into every step of the product design process.

Senior Writer Barbara Grady explains in the piece "How to profit from sustainability: 3M, Ricoh tap the B2B market."

A post-Paris climate update from Al Gore, the UN and the private sector

Late last week, climate actors ranging from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the World Bank and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Climate Action 2016 conference.

The upshot? The world is moving on the Paris Accord — but not fast enough.

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 15:50 and 26:00 to hear this week's features.

Carlyle Group, KKR and private equity's green evolution

Private companies focused on wringing costs out of operations might not seem like an ideal demographic for sustainable business, but that might be changing.

As reporter Keith Larsen writes, major private equity players are increasingly eyeing energy efficiency and climate risks as financial variables to factor into investment decisions.

Where to from here on carbon pricing?

In theory, a tax on carbon is a reasonable way to encourage the private sector to transition toward renewable energy. In reality, carbon pricing has historically been mired in political conflict, particularly in the U.S.

Barbara Grady covers the way the conversation is evolving in the article "One way to sell a tax on carbon: Cut other taxes."

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Pack your bags

What happens when tech and sustainability collide? Find out at VERGE Hawaii June 21 to 23 in Honolulu. Can't make it? Mark your calendar for VERGE 2016, happening Sept. 19 to 22 in Santa Clara, California.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.

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